Creating Filters

Step 1: GPS location mapping

The initial step in generating a filter detects where you are located and will provide a list of locations in the area that you can select to confirm your location. Google maps may have data detecting what category that location is under (restaurant, library, shopping mall, community centre, etc) and generate a filter based on this location type.


  • Library (study filter mode)
  • Workplace (productivity filter mode)
  • Home (its 7:30pm, around dinner time, and understands you may want to apply Dinner time filter mode)

Step 2: Activity

If the location does not have google maps data and can not determine what category it fits under, the second step involves the participant to select the activity the filter may fit under: studying, working, reading, socializing, etc.

Step 3: Filter settings

Based on the information gathered on your setting and the activity you are doing, the filter will provide a generated filter outlining contacts that will be blocked (text messages, phone calls, facebook messages, and any other communication platforms that contact may be linked with), websites that will be unaccessible, apps that will be unaccessible.

You may look through these generated settings and make minor changes as you see fit, or if the app seems to have made a smart guess at the settings, the final step is to save and apply the filter. You may chose to save the filter for future uses by having it triggered every time you enter the mapped location, or applying it to your Schedule by tagging it to a certain day at a certain time so the filter triggers when that time comes.


Different ways of applying filters

NFC Tag triggered filters

Blank NFC stickers may be synced with the app by transferring filter information on them – allowing the phone to enter a specified filter mode every time the phone is held near the sticker. NFC sticker data may be managed within the app with a ‘NFC manager’ that allows you to view NFC sticker data, edit it and delete it for re-use.

GPS location tagged filters

These are filters that trigger automatically when entering an indicated area tagged on the map. The filter is applied automatically when entering the space, then removed when exiting the space.

Schedule / time tagged filters

These are filters that trigger automatically at an indicated time on set days. They are filters that are mapped out based on your weekly schedule and tend to involve phone settings that you will often come across in a routine manner; the same filters that apply every week on the same day, at the same time. For instance, filters that have your phone adapt to your school timetable, work schedule, weekly classes or outings. Applying these will involve a one-time setup that requires you to input your weekly schedule, or syncs with your phone integrated calendar.

Selecting existing filters / creating filter

The application of filters listed above don’t require the user to interact with the app interface, they’re triggered automatically. Participants are also given the option of browsing their entire list of saved filters, which may be sorted by category, location tagged, and schedule tagged, to find a filter they would like to manually apply. Or they are given the option of generating a new filter (process mentioned at the beginning) to apply.


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